At the time of this interview, professional sewer Yana Dee of Traverse City was in the midst of filling a custom order from one of her Internet sales, despite feeling a bit anxious.
Fiber artist Shirley Bentsen, known for her incredible work as a crazy quilter, was inspired about a year ago to make her first prayer flag one day after ordering a cup of coffee.
One hundred percent wool sweaters with raglan sleeves found at resale shops make the perfect garment for recycling into felted sweater ponchos. Just ask Lisa Woodward of Grosse Pointe Woods.
'It's interesting how children can be inspired by things you think may be over their head, but they know what they see," says self-taught artist and photographer Charlene Uresy of Detroit.
Linda Monks is known as the "Prop Mistress" in Rochester Hills, where she lives with her husband and 17-year-old daughter. It's a title she earned as a hard-working volunteer who, every year, helps create costumes and props for stage productions at her daughter's former and current schools.
Jackie Jones Wedding is a prolific knitter who makes a lot of felted purses, baby items, scarves and stuffed animals. She gives a lot of her work as gifts but also sells many items through word of mouth and her Etsy shop.
Jocelynn Brown, a native Detroiter, is a graduate of Wayne State University and has worked at The Detroit News for some 20 years. Jocelynn has always loved to make things and is lucky enough to be able to incorporate her hobby into her work in the Features department.
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"Ever since I can remember, I’ve always enjoyed some form of crafting. I think it must have started at a very young age when I first discovered how much fun it could be to make things out small items my mother and paternal grandmother no longer wanted. That would lead to crocheting, knitting, doll making, beading, sewing, and, believe it or not, the list may still be growing.
"When I was asked to write a craft column, it was a welcomed opportunity. I could actually write about my favorite pastimes and meet others who shared my passion for making things by hand. In addition to the column, I also write the craft blog and a Yarn Over item that appears almost every Saturday in the My Weekend section of the paper and online.
Jocelynn's Favorite Things
- Crafts: Crocheting, because my mother taught me. Growing up, we often spent long hours crocheting together while watching TV and sitting on the back porch. I also find much enjoyment in knitting, beading and simple sewing projects.
- Yarns: wool and silk blends, and 100 percent cotton
- Fabrics: mud cloth, batiks, boiled wool and heavy linen
- Place to shop: anywhere that has at least a 50 percent-off sale
- Movies: anything by Tyler Perry
- TV Show: "America’s Next Top Model"
- Color: purple (worn with olive green)
- Art/craft projects I’m most proud of: Four mud-cloth vests I made last year to add to my wardrobe; and a 4-foot tall needle-sculpted Victorian lady doll, complete with a black and burgundy outfit, including a hand-crocheted shawl and tapestry boots with matching hat.
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